Remodeling your home is a very exciting task. Unfortunately, the excitement will soon turn to frustration as you see the rising cost of the project. This is especially true in the Portland area where the prices of materials are relatively higher.
Fortunately, more and more people in the area are recognizing that they can actually save money by hiring a Portland contractor rather than doing everything themselves. This is especially true if you’re going to do certain things in order to save more money.
How to Save Money when Remodeling
Here are some tips on how you can save money on your construction costs:
You might be tempted to buy the materials yourself because you want to save money. While it’s true that contractors mark up the prices of materials that they buy, you’ll end up saving more money if you have them buy the materials. You can save on gasoline and transportation costs especially since you may need to take several trips to buy all the materials.
In addition, you may buy the wrong things, which can add up to the cost. Also, you can ask your contractor if he has some materials in stock that his company is not using. A lot of contractors have some extra materials from their last jobs.
- Ask the contractor to maximize, and not add more space.
A good Portland contractor should have experiences when it comes to maximizing space. Instead of breaking down the walls to add more space, ask the builder for ideas on how to maximize the existing space instead.
- Ask your contractor for referrals.
Remodeling your home usually means taking care of everything including interior design, electricity and the likes. You can ask your contractor to refer you to their partner companies to fulfill your home remodeling needs. Ask him if he can help you get good deals.
It’s a good idea to plan ahead which includes planning your budget. You can’t just pull out money when needed because you’ll soon end up surprised at the amount of money you’ve already spent.
Set aside a budget and make sure to list down all money going out.
- Consider cheaper alternatives.
While using mahogany may seem like a good option, it’s very expensive, especially considering the fact that you can get a cheaper clear-grained hardwood that is a lookalike of mahogany. It even feels alike.
Don’t be embarrassed to tell your Portland contractor that you’re looking to save money. He may be able to help you out.